TRIBUTES have been paid to a veteran environmental activist who has died at the age of 90.

Anne Adams, known to some as 'the lady on the bike', was laid to rest at the Newlands Quaker Burial Ground in Leominster on December 12 after her death on November 23 after a short illness.

Warm tributes were given by friends as Ms Adams was buried in a coffin of willow basketwork.

“Anne’s ethos in life was "tread lightly on the earth because it’s precious," and she led the way,” said her friend Pete Blench. “Anne was a paragon, a mentor to us all. She very deeply touched our lives. Hers was truly a life well lived.”


Ms Adams, of Bridge Street, Leominster, could still be seen cycling around the town in her late eighties.

She was co-founder of environmental group Transition Leominster and organised regular cycle rides.

She was treasurer of her local Green Party branch for many years and was a stalwart distributor of ward newsletters.

For 20 years she shared the ownership of a smallholding at Luston with friends.

She designed her own ‘eco cottage,’ installed (then) advanced solar-electric technology which rotated to track the sun, cultivated a vegetable and herb garden and planted hundreds of trees.

For some years she was secretary of the village hall – the Cawley Hall – committee and served as a parish councillor.

A lifelong Quaker, she was the author of a booklet on local Quaker history.

She was a member of the Ludlow Meeting and recently helped to revive Quaker fellowship in Leominster.

Ms Adams is survived by her sister Jenny Sorensen and niece and nephew Rachel and Richard.